The Queen Elizabeth
Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth, a Bar, Café and Restaurant in the heart of the beautiful Worcestershire village of Elmley Castle.
Our aim is to be a welcoming, comfortable hostelry in the great tradition of this 16th century building. Whether you are looking for a quick drink with friends, a warming cup of coffee and pastries, a good value bar snack or a more formal meal to celebrate a special event, the Queen Elizabeth is the right place to come!
A group of local residents have recently taken on the pub to create a valuable facility for the community and visitors from farther afield. All will receive a warm welcome from Mac & Val, our team who add that very personal friendly touch that makes all the difference.
We also offer a special welcome to the many walkers and cyclists who all come to Elmley Castle to enjoy the wonderful scenery that Bredon Hill and its surrounding villages offer.
The interior has been recently renovated and the Queen Elizabeth now offers three distinct areas, each with its own unique character, offering quality food and drink. The traditional village bar is a great place to meet and enjoy a good selection of real ales and carefully selected wines.
Adjacent is our new lounge, a wonderfully relaxed environment where, in the New Year, we will be serving morning coffee, afternoon tea and delicious pastries during the day. At lunchtimes and in the evenings the lounge becomes the perfect place to enjoy some ‘good pub grub’, traditional favourites many with a new twist and all at reasonable prices.
For something a little more formal, the Queen’s dining room offers three course meals in restaurant style, ideal for entertaining or for that special occasion.
The Queen Elizabeth Inn commemorates the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Elmley Castle in 1575. It was unusual for the monarch to visit and stay in a rural village so there was much excitement and celebration when she arrived from Worcester on the 20th August. The Queen and her entourage stayed for two nights as guests of William Savage. It is not clear exactly who stayed where but we like the story that the Queen stayed at the Inn!
The Village Bar
Our bar always offers a warm welcome in the traditional surroundings of the quintessential village inn. A place for locals to gather and share the local news. A place for visitors to enjoy a pint of locally brewed ale or a glass of wine. A place to enjoy an aperitif before ordering a meal from our bar, lounge or restaurant menus.
Following a complete makeover, the bar is now lighter and more open but still retains the charm of timber beams, an original flagstone floor and a roaring log fire in the winter.
We are proud of our cellar and always have a selection of cask ales on offer, many brewed locally in one of the growing number of small breweries. These are served alongside the usual choices of lagers and stout. The area around Elmley Castle is also renowned for cider making and we usually offer a range of both draught and craft ciders.
The Castle Lounge
In the New Year we will be introducing our Castle Lounge when we will open every morning to the smell of coffee and baking. It is the perfect place to meet friends for morning tea, coffee and some of our home baked cakes and pastries. At lunchtimes and evenings the lounge menu is available offering a good selection of traditional bar meals, many with our own particular twist.
Our Castle Lounge has been furnished in a comfortable, relaxed way, creating an informal space that can also be adapted for functions and events. It is perfect for live music, private parties, quiz nights or meetings of local clubs and groups.
The Queen’s Dining Room
Slightly more formal than the lounge, the Queen’s Dining Room has its own restaurant menu, setting out three courses of delicious food, created using locally sourced ingredients. Elmley Castle sits within the Vale of Evesham, an area renowned for its quality fruit and vegetables. Amongst the rolling elevations of the Cotswolds and Bredon Hill are many arable and livestock farms and the area has a reputation for excellent game. Our tempting Dining Room menu reflects these local resources.
Also recently refurbished, the Queen’s Dining Room is comfortable, cosy and welcoming. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for two, having lunch or dinner with a group of friends or celebrating a special occasion, our Dining Room is the place to book.
Elmley Castle & Bredon Hill
The village of Elmley Castle is nestled on the northern flanks of Bredon Hill. It is regarded by many as one the most picturesque villages in Worcestershire and perhaps in Central England. With its long main street, bordered by old black and white thatched cottages, the village scene has remained virtually unchanged for centuries.
The area around Bredon Hill is a haven for both walkers and cyclists. There are numerous footpaths threading their way across the slopes of this historic hill, with its iron-age hill fort, rolling fields and woodland. Cycle route 422, a 20 mile route from Worcester to Evesham, runs through Elmley Castle and routes 41 and 45 run close by. Alternatively, there is a circular route around the hill giving around 14 miles of picturesque villages and views over the Severn and Avon valleys.